531 Tasting Notes
Briefly visiting home this weekend and I’m ridiculously happy that I have my stovetop kettle for a few days. The electric one in my dorm is pretty good, but I can’t make much of anything that shouldn’t be boiled (at least not without a lot of guesswork). Being home also means access to this tea!
This is perfect for a windy day like today. I seem to like nutty flavors more and more as it gets colder. The green is a lot fresher than I was remembering, and it goes great with all the comfort (i.e. creamy) foods I reach for when I’m cold. I may make myself a cup or two more of this throughout the day, especially since the weather doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon.
This actually isn’t bad, but it doesn’t taste a lot like the ingredients list. The ginger overwhelms everything even though it’s mild compared to other ginger teas I’ve had. The green base is also mild and doesn’t burn easily, which is nice, but there’s not a lot of flavor from it. There’s a hint of something floral in the aftertase, but it’s more like rose than jasmine; I can’t find the jasmine in this at all. Maybe if I could I’d like this one better.
A sad sipdown today. This remains one of my favorite oolongs. For all the caramelized sugar flavor it’s never too sweet, surprisingly earthy, and even a little nutty, and I reach for it a lot (clearly!). I’ll probably get more once my tea collection is a little more under control, because I can’t picture my cabinet being without it for too long.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Roasted nuts
Nearly a year later and this is still my go-to tea for when I feel a little off. The caffeine is a good strong zip when I’m not as awake as I’d like, and the mint and ginger are the perfect balance. Too much of one or the other usually puts me off a tea, but I taste both without either being overpowering. I also think the two mints are in great balance—peppermint usually has me running in the other direction, but this one is never too much. Still an excellent one for nausea, too, and sometimes it’s the only thing that works.
I do have to say that I don’t taste much of any green tea in here. There’s maybe a tea-ish aftertaste, but it mostly seems like they dumped a bunch of caffeine into an herbal blend. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially since I’ve never been overly impressed with Republic of Tea’s greens, but if you’re looking for a green with some extra ginger or mint flavor this is not it.
I’ve found that a lot of Tazo teas are difficult to brew, and if you don’t get them just perfect they end up tasting off. I think this is one of those, although I haven’t found the perfect way to brew it yet. There is some peach/apple flavor (I taste both) and something reminiscent of well-browned pastry—there’s more of the pastry flavor than the fruit but the balance works overall. The flavors are actually nice and not artificial. The problem with this one is it’s bitter no matter what I do. It’s not overwhelming, and I never have trouble getting through a cup, but I probably wouldn’t buy another box.
Flavors: Apple, Pastries, Peach
Had a cup of this earlier. I’ve never been a huge fan of dark oolongs, but either my tastes have changed or this is different from what I’ve had before. It’s very earthy and woody, with a roasty quality that reminds me of good black coffee. This cup was a little watery, so I may adjust next time, but I will be reaching for this a lot as the weather gets colder.
Hi all! I’ve been neglecting this site unintentionally for a long time, but I’m back now. Hopefully. I’ll do a short life update once I’ve reviewed the tea.
So, tea first. It felt like a chai night, so I reached for the first one I found that wasn’t rooibos in case I wanted milk. This one is creamy enough without that it almost tastes as though it’s in there already. I mostly taste cardamom and a touch of pepper, which is just fine with me. It does have a bit of the dry, woody edge I notice in a lot of chais, but it’s mild and doesn’t bother me much. I’ll have to try it sweetened and with milk (and maybe both) to really evaluate it, but this is just what I wanted tonight.
Now for the update. I’ve been struggling with chronic illness for years now, and recently it’s been worse; I got a new diagnosis of fibromyalgia, which answers a whole lot of questions. That mixed with school stress has had me withdrawing on social media, including here. However, I’ve had nothing but positive experiences on this site, so I’m going to try and get back to reviewing regularly! It’ll also help me get out of the tea rut I’m currently in (2-3 teas all the time, how boring).
Tried cold-brewing this one this afternoon. I’m not a fan when it’s hot—too bitter and grassy with lemon so strong it’s a punch to the face. Cold it’s less grassy and smoother but there’s still a slight lemon peel edge (although keep in mind that I’m very sensitive to bitter tastes). I’m not tasting much floral here, and anything that’s there is overpowered by the lemon. It could use some sweetness (or the missing flowers!) to balance it out.
Flavors: Lemon Zest